How to Get Back into Shape (Without the Treadmill)

It happens to all of us- we get busy with work and other commitments, and before we know it were huffing and puffing every time we have to take the stairs.


Many people believe that if they want to get back into shape they need to spend hours on the cardio machines at the gym. If youre the type who loathes the treadmill or cross-trainer, its time to accept that 60 minutes of cardio four times a week probably isnt going to get you back in shape.

 

Sure, that first week youll feel like a champ. But life is hard enough without adding in activities you dislike, and within a month youll be skipping your cardio sessions.

 

Look on the bright side- if youve tried to get in shape before and fell off the wagon, at least you know that that method doesnt work for you.

 

Here are some ways you can get back into shape while still enjoying the foods and activities you love.  

 

Strength training

If youre hoping to get back into shape, strength training is one of the best ways to rev up your metabolism, burn calories, and tone your muscles. And strength training isnt just about looking good- the stronger you are, the easier life is. Carrying groceries and kids, or lifting heavy items around the house is much easier when youre used to lifting.

 

Strength training can help with anxiety, increase cognitive function, and prevent osteoporosis. Youre also likely to see results in a short amount of time, which keeps you motivated (and more likely to keep going).

 

If youre new to strength training, ask a personal trainer to give you an introduction to some of the best exercises (think squats, deadlifts, bench presses, pullups etc). They can check your form and teach you how to use some of the machines before you lift solo.

 

Fun cardio

Keyword: Fun. Anyone who says they enjoy slogging it out on the cross-trainer for an hour is a dirty liar. Instead, incorporate your cardio with something you find fun, and you wont even notice youre getting fit and healthy- youll be too busy enjoying yourself.

 

Grab some mates and sign up for a 5-a-side league. Whether youre new to football or played regularly while younger, its a great way to blow off some steam while improving your cardiovascular health.

 

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Of course, there are plenty of other options for fun cardio as well. Join a running club, play some basketball, or even try trampolining.

 

Diet

Thats right, if you want to get back into shape, youll need to take control of your diet. 80% of your results come from the food youre putting in your mouth. That doesnt mean that you need to live on kale and tofu though (unless that sounds delicious to you).